A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
16 August, 1912, 5 p.m.: Mother: "So I stayed in the Master's room and one of my women companions lay down near me. Hriday brought some puffed rice for us, as the others had already had their evening meal.
"The doctor came next day. A few days later, when I was quite recovered, I went to the music tower. My mother-in-law had left the brick house and was staying there. She had been given a room in that house; but as Akshaya had breathed his last there she had left the house. She said, 'I shall not go there again. I shall stay here, facing the GangA; I do not want to live in a brick house any more.'
"After we had been a month and a half at Dakshineswar, the Master performed Shodashi pujA (in which a young girl is worshipped as the deity). I was then turned sixteen." (The Mother, it may be mentioned here, was never quite certain about her own age.) - "He had me brought to his room at about nine in the night. All arrangements had been made for the pujA, Hriday had seen to that. The Master asked me to sit down and I took my seat on the north side of his bed, facing west, with the large earthen drum of GangA water in front of me. The Master sat near the western door, himself facing east. The doors were closed. Everything that would be needed for the pujA was on my right."
(to be continued....)